Thursday, October 29, 2015

the first day

Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Yesterday was my last day of work at the job I've held for the past 23 months. I swiped my badge at 2am and walked out that employee entrance for the last time. I had planned for this post to go up yesterday but I just couldn't make myself write it in time. It's funny because I've imagined writing it for so long, drafted so many versions in my head, and yet I just couldn't figure out what to say. A day I'd been anxiously anticipating for so long was finally here, and I was speechless.

It's no secret I was unhappy in that job for a while, but at the end of almost 2 years I am thankful for it. It was my first job out of college and really did teach me a few things. All my job hunting and interview prepping paid off and I'm off to a new opportunity. I'll be sharing a little more about what my next plans are next week, but for now I wanted to focus on the positive and end this chapter of my life remembering the good. So today I thought I'd share the two biggest takeaways from this experience in an effort to try and be optimistic for anyone else who might be struggling in a job they don't love anymore.

1. You have to be at work one way or another, so you might as well be there with a smile on your face. Earlier this month I was nominated for Crew Member of the Quarter and when they read my nomination letter the thing that really stuck with me was that I was "eternally optimistic," and not to toot my own horn, but I totally am. I'm convinced that if you act happy and like you're glad to be there there's a higher chance that it'll come true. If you're mopping around unhappy about being there you're never going to have an enjoyable day.

2. Listen to your heart and know when it's time to move on. On the total flip side of that first fact, sometimes you have to realize you just can't grin and bare it anymore. I'm not saying you have to be over the moon happy every day, but when you leave on Friday already dreading having to come back on Monday you should take that as a sign. That's what happened to me. Even though I had the realization that my job mattered, it just didn't make me happy and it wasn't worth it anymore. I'm very thankful I have a great mom who reminded me of that and encouraged me to turn in my notice even before my next plans were completely finalized.

I'll be sharing more about what my next plans are next week. But be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat (hill_goodfellow) for some sneak peaks before the news officially hits the blog.
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